Moth­ers united by tragedy fol­low­ing car deaths

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS - MARK LAV­ERY NEWS CORRESPONDENT ■ Email: mark.lav­ery@ypn.co.uk ■ Twit­ter: @york­shire­post

THE MOTH­ERS of four young Leeds men killed in a hor­ror crash in Leeds have be­come close friends as they sup­port each other fol­low­ing the tragedy.

The four women meet up reg­u­larly as fundrais­ing events con­tinue to be held in me­mory of their sons.

Bran­don Frew, 19, Cae­lan Meg­son, 21, Matty Walshaw, 18, and De­clan Grove, 19, all died when the SEAT Leon they were trav­el­ling in was in­volved in col­li­sion with a taxi on the A6120 in Hors­forth in the early hours of June 30.

Robyn Hoban, 17, an­other 17-year-old girl and the taxi driver all sur­vived but suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries.

Matty’s mother Jill Walshaw, 53, said: “Me and the three other mums are in reg­u­lar con­tact and are sup­port­ing each other. We have be­come great friends.”

De­clan’s mother Paula Knight, 48, added: “The sup­port we have had from each other has been over­whelm­ing.

“The ca­ma­raderie and the friend­ship and sup­port that we give each other through these dark days is where we get the strength to carry on for our other chil­dren, our fam­ily and our own lives which will never be the same again.”

Ms Knight, who has two other chil­dren Lau­ren, 24 and Tyler, 10, added: “The amount of sup­port we have had from the com­mu­nity has been in­cred­i­ble and the po­lice li­ai­son team has been ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing.”

She said De­clan, known as ‘Decky,’ had played at Fars­ley Celtic Foot­ball Club from the age of six.

A char­ity foot­ball tour­na­ment was held on Au­gust 19 at Brad­ford Academy to raise funds for his head­stone.

There will be a fundrais­ing evening in me­mory of Cae­lan Meg­son from 7pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21 at Hors­forth Hall Park Cricket Club.

Two singers will per­form and there will be a buf­fet and a raf­fle at the event to raise cash for a head­stone for Cae­lan.

Me­mo­rial fundrais­ing events will be or­gan­ised in the near fu­ture for Matty and Bran­don.

Jill Walshaw, who has two other sons Joe, 21 and Andy, 15, said: “No­body knows what it’s like to lose a child un­til you have lost a child, es­pe­cially in these cir­cum­stances.” She added: “Matty was a hard-work­ing ap­pren­tice builder. He loved his job and had high hopes for the fu­ture and his ca­reer.

“He was quite sen­si­ble and had a great sense of hu­mour, al­ways smil­ing. He was very fo­cussed on ev­ery­thing he did and was kind and car­ing.”

Mrs Walshaw said Squire bar­bers shop owner Sarah McDon­nell and her son Nathan will be car­ry­ing out a 12-hour non-stop hair cut­ting event at the shop on Town Street, Hors­forth, to­mor­row to raise cash for a head­stone for Matty.

And Mrs Walshaw has de­signed a tat­too of a heart con­tain­ing all four boys’ ini­tials, which she has had tat­tooed on her left arm.

She said the Sta­tion Tat­too Stu­dio on Sta­tion Road in Hors­forth has agreed to re­peat the tat­too for any­one who wants it.

A do­na­tion will be made for each tat­too to a char­ity which helps peo­ple who have lost loved ones in road traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

In­quests into the men’s four deaths have been opened and ad­journed.

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